Monthly Archives: March 2008

Bluestocking Recommends…

Rebecca Gregory and Yasmin Haji-Hassan Below are some recently released books and articles and some upcoming events, lectures, talks and exhibitions that may be of interest to Blue-Stocking readers. We’d love any suggestions for additional items you think are relevant. … Continue reading

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Bluestocking Interviews Bettany Hughes

Editor Rebecca Gregory and Deputy Editor Yasmin Haji-Hassan A comfortable, lived-in house in west London; two children playing at the piano; a study full of books; and a cat curled on the bed… we couldn’t have hoped for a more … Continue reading

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Rebellion against the ‘silken snare’: two Bronte sisters and the struggle against convention

By Elly McCausland The authors of both Jane Eyre (1847) and Wuthering Heights (1847) present women that rebel against constraining and oppressive social norms, attempting to free their passionate natures from the many limiting forms of the yokes and moulds … Continue reading

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Emilie du Chatelet: The Multi-Tasking Marquise

By Mohsin Khan Emilie du Chatelet, regarded for too long as a footnote of history being a mistress of Voltaire, was a driven and passionate physicist, mathematician and translator. She derived the equation for kinetic energy by studying the work … Continue reading

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Ingeborg Bachmann’s Malina: The (im)Possibility of Writing the Female Self

By Alexandra Hills The cultic tradition of German literary scholarship overlooks its few female exponents shadowed by inescapable male heavyweights of Germanistik. To toe the standard line, women in German literature are often limited to playing a supporting role to … Continue reading

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Dorothea Bate: Paleontology Pioneer and Mistress of the Museum

By Claire Standley You’d be forgiven for not recognising the name Dorothea Bate; an elusive figure of history, she is most likely to be remembered for her association with the Natural History Museum, as well as her frequent field trips … Continue reading

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Mary Magdalene: The Epitome of Faithful Female Discipleship

By Simon Cuff The epitome of discipleship represented by Mary Magdalene is all the more startling both because it contradicts the picture presented by popular culture thanks to Dan Brown, and the traditional Christian idea of her as the reformed … Continue reading

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Birth and Descent: An Intimate Critique of Loy’s Poem ‘Der Blinde Junge’

By Mona Sakr A short grapple with Google demonstrates that, if nothing else, Mina Loy has earned herself a phenomenally large set of labels. She was (according to the internet) a modernist, a postmodernist, a futurist, a conceptualist and a … Continue reading

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Trota di Ruggiero: The Lady of Salerno Restored

By Kate Manns Pre-medieval texts and ancient manuscripts provided reference for early physicians and therapists, detailing discoveries from anatomy to diagnosis and treatment. For nearly five hundred years, The Trotulawas the only truly comprehensive compendium of female and paediatric medicine … Continue reading

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Olympe de Gouges and the Rights of Woman

By Lloyd Lewis In March 2004, in a modest ceremony followed by a buffet, a previously unnamed crossroads in Paris was named ‘Place Olympe de Gouges’. Throughout France, a small but growing number of roads bear the same name; all … Continue reading

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